SHERIFF: Halifax County quadruple murder gang related, house specifically targeted

HALIFAX COUNTY, NC (WITN) - The sheriff of Halifax County says that the murders of four people this past August may be gang related and that the home was specifically targeted.

Sheriff Wes Tripp provided that update Monday as investigators continue to try and figure out who killed 72-year-old Janice Harris, 88-year-old James Harris, 76-year-old James Whitley, and 67-year-old Peggy Whitley.

The four were playing playing cards at the home of the Harris' on Fishing Creek Road near Enfield, when investigators say they were shot through a glass door.

Evidence, some of which is forensic, has been collected according to the sheriff.

Tripp says his office continues to work with both state and federal agencies on the case.

The reward for information that leads to an arrest or arrests in the case is over $51,000.


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The FBI says it is assisting state and county authorities who are investigating the deaths of four people last week in Halifax County.

Deputies say homeowners 72-year-old Janice Harris and 88-year-old James Harris were found dead alongside 76-year-old James Whitley and 67-year-old Peggy Whitley last Monday morning.

FBI spokeswoman Shelley Lynch says while the Bureau hasn't officially joined in the quadruple murder case, they are assisting Halifax County.

The couples were found dead at the Harris's Fishing Creek Road home near Enfield. The victims had been shot through a glass door and killed while playing cards at the dining room table.

Authorities say robbery appears to be the motive.

A reward totaling $51,000 is being offered in the case.


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Governor Roy Cooper says the state is now offering a reward up to $20,000 for information that leads to an arrest in the Halifax County quadruple homicide.

The reward now stands at $51,000.

Deputies say homeowners 72-year-old Janice Harris and 88-year-old James Harris were found dead alongside 76-year-old James Whitley and 67-year-old Peggy Whitley on Monday.

The couples were found dead Monday morning at the Harris's Fishing Creek Road home near Enfield. The victims had been shot through a glass door and killed while playing cards at the dining room table.

Authorities say robbery appears to be the motive.

The sheriff's office also has a reward that now totals $31,000 in the case.

Anyone with information on the homicides should call the Halifax County Sheriff's Office at 252-583-8201, Crime Stoppers 252-583-4444 or SBI 919-779-8188.


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The four victims of a deadly Halifax County home invasion have been identified.

Homeowners, Janice Harris, 72, James Harris, 88, and visitors, James Whitley, 76, Peggy Whitley, 67, were found in a home on Fishing Creek Road Monday morning by a family member.

Halifax County Sheriff Wes Tripp says the victims were two couples who apparently were playing cards at the time.

An $8,000 reward has been offered for information that leads to an arrest in the murders.

Anyone with information on the homicides should call the Halifax County Sheriff's Office at 252-583-8201, Crime Stoppers 252-583-4444 or SBI 919-779-8188.


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A $7,000 reward has been offered for information that leads to an arrest in the murders of four people in a home invasion.

Halifax County Sheriff Wes Tripp says a family member found the bodies in the home on Fishing Creek Road Monday morning.

The names of the people killed have not yet been released, though Tripp says the victims were two couples who apparently were playing cards at the time.

Tax records show the home is owned by James and Janice Harris.

Anyone with information on the homicides should call the Halifax County Sheriff's Office at 252-583-8201, Crime Stoppers 252-583-4444 or SBI 919-779-8188.


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Four people are dead after authorities say they were killed in a home invasion.

Halifax County Sheriff Wes Tripp says it happened at a home on Fishing Creek Road near Enfield sometime between yesterday and this morning.

The sheriff says two of the people killed lived in the home, while the other two were visiting. A family member went to check on the home in the Glenwood community this morning and made the discovery.

He said it appeared the four were playing cards at the time. Some items were missing from the home, but the sheriff said there were no signs of a struggle.

Authorities had set up road blocks in the area and were passing out fliers to motorists in the area asking for any information.